Past Programs

February 17, 2014 - Lauren Midgely, “Getting Focused to Get Results.” Lauren encourages the audience to think differently about their writing and the possibilities for improvement.

October 21, 2013 - "The Book is Almost Done - Now What?" Cindy L Herb, author of Awakening the Spirit: The Open Wide Like a Floozy Chronicles, discusses the importance of marketing BEFORE the book is launched.

Monday, April 15, 2013                     “The Anatomy of a Writer’s Blog”
Author Wendi Pierce will introduce blogging as a way for writers to try out ideas, to write more consistently and regularly, and to engage with an audience. She will focus on the components of a successful and effective blog post. Pierce now serves as chair of the English Department at Tarrant County College Northwest, and has taught at Soutern Methodist University, Brookhaven College, Collin County Community College, and El Centro College. Wendi is co-author of “Historic Road Trips from Dallas/Fort Worth”,”a book which provides a road map of driving trips throughout Texas and a narrative history of the tiny towns, historic markets, and frontier battles along the way.


July 15, 2013 - Randy Rawls "My Writing Adventure from A to Z" - Author Randy Rawls is a North Carolina native who now lives and writes from his home in South Florida. He has published eight books, including his latest Hot Rocks, featuring Beth Bowman, a South Florida private eye, and a series of six books set in small Texas towns that feature Texas private investigator Ace Edwards. He credits his home town librarian with encouraging him to love reading in his early years. He translated that love of the written word into a writing career many years later. Randy has lived and worked in Texas, and is looking forward to speaking to the Writers' Guild of Texas and answering questions about his experiences with the writing life. You can read more about Randy at

August 19,2013 - LaRee Byant "The Business of Writing" - LaRee Bryant is the author of seven historical novels and two non-fiction books. She's been a writing teacher and professional editor for almost 20 years and "ghosted" or "doctored" an impressive number of published books. 


Monday, May 20, 2013
“The Gumption of Assumption: Dissolving the Barriers between Writers and Audiences”
Speaker Kim Jackson will discuss that often, the things we write are not the things that are understood because of the writer’s assumptions about the audience. This program examines the disconnect about what is written and what is read and how assumptions hinder communication.

Monday, June 17, 2013         Annual WGT “Read-In” Featuring the Work of Our Members

August 19,2013 - Laree Byant "The Business of Writing" - LaRee Bryant is the author of 7 historical novels and 2 non-fiction books. She's been a writing teacher and professional editor for almost 20 years and "ghosted" or "doctored" an impressive number of published books. 

September 16,2013 - Jill Allison Bryan "Writing Past Procrastination, Perfectionism and Perfectly Good Excuses-5 Fun Ways to Jump Start Your Creativity." - An interactive presentation tailored specifically for writing groups that will address the issues of creative blocks and share fun, easy ways to move past them and onto what you all really love - writing! Jill is a certified Kaizen- Muse Creativity Coach, a writer, blogger, songwriter and

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Monday, March 18, 2013                  “Effective Book Blurb Copy”
Effective blurb copy is crucial for self-published authors, but it's also important for querying/pitching to editors and agents and lining up promotional interviews. Knowing how important it is doesn't make it any easier for most of us to do.  Using examples from various genres and 30 years of copywriting experience, author Sally Felt will share techniques, tools and tips to help writers feel better prepared—or at least more inspired—to write a selling blurb. After building a thirty year career as an advertising copywriter for an international clientele, Felt reduced her workload to conduct “playshops” which help others find their own map to have fun and write books filled with characters learning to leap. In addition to writing, speaking and adventuring, Felt takes on freelance copywriting jobs from time to time. Her novel "Going Native" was published in January 2013.

October 15, 2012
“Getting the Most from the Sound of Your Writing”
Joe Milazzo, speaker, writer and Director of Community Education & Outreach at The Writer's Garret, will focus on the "sound" of your writing and how the sounds of language affect meaning and expression. He will provide an overview of phonetic basics as well as some reading and writing exercises.

September 17, 2012
“Storytelling for Promotion” – Dave Lieber, speaker and “Yankee Cowboy,” shows writers how to use storytelling techniques that enable your message to “walk across the newsroom on to the front page.” For nearly 30 years, Dave, a humorist, storyteller and award-winning columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has used stories to change the world.

August 20, 2012
“Copyright, Intellectual Property, and TALA” –
Speaker and attorney Andrea Perez, Fears and Nachawati Law Firm discusses legal topics writers need to understand.  TALA (Texas Accountants & Lawyers for the Arts) supports the cultural community in Texas by providing volunteer legal, accounting and educational services to arts organizations and patrons.

July 16, 2012
“Developing Your Unique Voice” – Next to a great idea, voice is what appeals most to editors and readers. Speaker and bestselling author Michelle Stimpson has penned several works, including the highly acclaimed Boaz Brown, national bestseller Divas of Damascus Road, and her latest release, Someone to Watch Over Me.

June 18, 2012
June “Read-In” -
come and enjoy hearing WGT members read excerpts from published and in-progress work, including short stories, novel excerpts, essays and poetry.

May 21, 2012
“High Impact Book Marketing” -
Speaker Rachel Simeone, book marketing expert, uses her 20+ years of experience in Internet and consumer marketing to help authors accelerate their sales and achieve their dreams. Rachel is known for exploiting hidden opportunities to give authors a marketing advantage. She has worked in strategic and brand marketing for Time, Inc., Williams-Sonoma, Gump, and online book publisher, Blurb.

Inspirational Quote

"Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don't feel I should be doing something else."

- Gloria Steinem


The WGT meets on the third Monday of each month from 7:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. in the basement conference room of the Richardson Public Library,900 Civic Center Drive, Richardson, Texas 75080.


You may now pay your 2013 dues of $25.00. Mail your check to:

Writers' Guild of Texas 6009 W. Parker Road, Suite 149-175 Plano, Texas 75093